PHILADELPHIA Riding a four-game winning streak and sitting alone in first place in the Gehrig Division, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team plays host to Princeton Saturday and Sunday as the Quakers wind down the Ivy League season. Penn took both ends of a doubleheader from Cornell last Saturday to take sole possession of first place. After Sunday’s games were postponed, the Quakers returned to Meiklejohn Stadium to pull out an extra-innings win over Lehigh on Tuesday, 6-5, and blew out Rider the following day, 13-5.
Penn (17-14, 9-5 Ivy) is arguably the hottest team in the Ancient Eight right now, winning seven of its last eight league games. However, Princeton (10-19, 6-6 Ivy) got back into the race by sweeping Columbia in a rescheduled doubleheader on Wednesday. Princeton downed the Lions, 11-5 and 5-4 to get back to .500 in league play. The Tigers now sit in a tie for second place in the Gehrig Division with Cornell, and both teams sit two games behind Penn.
Offensively, the Quakers have been consistent for most of the season and sit near the top of the Ivy League in a number of categories. From week to week, a different person has carried the load. Of late it had been freshman shortstop William Gordon, who carries a 12-game hitting streak into this weekend. During the streak, Gordon has amassed a .440 batting average (22-for-50) with 10 RBI’s and 12 runs scored. He has also lifted his season average to .311.
Another freshman who has experienced success of late is third basemen Matt Toffaletti. He has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 12 games in which he is hitting .311. Tuesday versus Lehigh, Toffaletti delivered a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 10th.
Last season, these two teams split their four-game series at Princeton. The Tigers hold a commanding 130-86-3 all-time series lead.
Between games of Sunday’s doubleheader, seniors Joey Boaen, Doug Brown, Josh Corn and Joe Thornton along with senior managers Andrea John and Matt Koizim will be honored.